Nuremberg Forum 2022 - 13, 14 and 15 October 2022

Dr Fatou Bensouda

Fatou Bensouda served as Prosecutor of the ICC from 2012 to 2021. Between 1987 and 2000, Dr Bensouda was successively State Counsel, Senior State Counsel, Principal State Counsel, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Solicitor General and Legal Secretary of the Republic and Attorney General and Minister of Justice of The Republic of The Gambia. Her international career formally began at the ICTR, where she worked as a Legal Adviser and Trial Attorney then as Senior Legal Advisor and Head of the Legal Advisory Unit from 2002 to 2004, after which she joined the ICC as the Court’s first Deputy Prosecutor. Dr Bensouda has served as a delegate of The Gambia to the meetings of the Preparatory Commission for the ICC amongst others. She is the recipient of numerous awards and several honorary doctorates, and has been listed on two occasions by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world (2012 and 2017); by the New African magazine as one of the “Most Influential Africans”; by Foreign Policy as one of the “Leading Global Thinkers” (2013), by Jeune Afrique as one of 50 African women who, by their actions and initiatives in their respective roles, advances the African continent (2014 and 2015) and by Forbes magazine as Africa’s 50 Most Powerful Women (2020).